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Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press ISBN-10:  1601548125 Type:  Fiction


Copyright:  2010 ISBN-13:  9781601548122

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Beth Trissel

Native American historical romance novel set in the colonial Frontier with a The Last of the Mohicans flavor.

Taken captive by a Shawnee war party wasn't how Charity Edmonson hoped to escape an unwanted marriage. Nor did Shawnee warrior Wicomechee expect to find the treasure promised by his grandfather's vision in the unpredictable red-headed girl.

George III's English Red-Coats, unprincipled colonial militia, prejudice and jealousy are not the only enemies Charity and Wicomechee will face before they can hope for a peaceful life. The greatest obstacle to happiness is in their own hearts.

As they struggle through bleak mountains and cold weather, facing wild nature and wilder men, Wicomechee and Charity must learn to trust each other.

Charity swiped angrily at a tear.
She’d run away, if she had anyone to run to.
It wasn’t right they were all dead.

On impulse, she jumped to the ground. “I’ll go anyway,” she muttered. “Eat nuts and berries and live in the woods.”

“Will you go alone?” a low voice asked.

Sucking in her breath, she whirled around. Less than twenty feet away, grasping his musket, stood a tall young brave. Stripes of red and black paint blurred his striking features. His dark brown eyes riveted her in place. This warrior was like no other and the most savagely handsome man she’d ever seen.

God help her. She should flee now, but could only stare, open-mouthed. She swept her disbelieving gaze over the loose black hair brushing an open buckskin vest that revealed his bronzed chest and shoulders molded into contours of muscle. An elkskin breechclout left a great deal of his hard thighs exposed. Despite the dread hammering in her chest, a fiery blush burned her cheeks. But it was the sheathed knife hanging on his left side and the lethal tomahawk slung on his right that snapped Charity from her near-trance.

In a rush of memories, she recalled the stories of her father’s death under the scalping knife and neighbors who’d suffered the same violent fate. No Indians had been spotted in their settlement since the Shawnee grew hostile and war had erupted nine years ago, but the warfare had ended. Hadn’t it?

Clenching ice-cold fingers, she dug her nails into her palms. “What in God’s name are you doing here?” she forced past the dry lump in her throat.

“Watching you.”

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Review Date:
Dec 19, 2010

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Author: Beth Trissel

Genre: Historical Romance, Western
Reviewed by: Laurie-J

Charity, along with a few others, is taken captive during an attack by Shawnee warriors on the Shenandoah River Valley settlements in Virginia during the Fall of 1764. Wicomechee hates the English settlers who have invaded his people’s hunting grounds. He is steadfast in his determination to fight against their ever-increasing numbers and hinder their progress ever westward. But when he spots the fiery-haired, spirited young woman meandering among the colorful autumn leaves he knows that she is the treasure he has been promised.

This is a beautifully written story filled with adventure and suspense. I became fully invested in the lives of the characters as the story unfolds at a fast pace. The author kept my attention engaged, and my mind spiraling trying to predict the next direction the story would take as the myriad of secrets were revealed. There were times when I, too, felt like shaking some sense into the impetuous young Charity but then she would quietly give her explanation, defending her actions, and my heart would just melt away to goo - her reasons were always so honest, sincerely innocent, and utterly believable.

The author weaves a story of deep complexity. The descriptions of life among the nomadic tribe are simply without parallel. It is difficult to explain how deeply touching I find it to be. In the Afterward, Ms. Trissel confides that her ancestors settled in the Shenandoah Valley and that the family records document that some relatives were killed in Indian raids and others were taken hostage and later adopted into the tribe. It seems clear that this story is exceptionally well-documented historically. I found it to be entertaining, thought-provoking, and educational. This book touched my soul even as it provided a thrilling fictional escape into a period of history I have always found fascinating.

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Red Bird's Song by Beth Trissel

Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Spicy Historical

Blurb: Taken captive by a Shawnee war party wasn't how Charity Edmonson hoped to escape an unwanted marriage. Nor did Shawnee warrior Wicomechee expect to find the treasure promised by his grandfather's vision in the unpredictable red-headed girl.

George III's English Red-Coats, unprincipled colonial militia, prejudice and jealousy are not the only enemies Charity and Wicomechee will face before they can hope for a peaceful life. The greatest obstacle to happiness is in their own hearts.

As they struggle through bleak mountains and cold weather, facing wild nature and wilder men, Wicomechee and Charity must learn to trust each other.

WARNING*****This review may contain spoilers*****

Review: The setting starts in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1764 when it was still part of the American Frontier. From there the action carried the characters into the mountains, which were later identified as the Alleghenies Mountains and on into the Ohio River Valley. Most of the story describes cold, sometimes violently stormy weather. I loved the descriptions of the "flora and fauna". Ms. Tressel describes the colors and the smells in a way that I felt I was there actually smelling and seeing with her characters. The descriptions were great; "Milkweed pods released fluffy white seeds, like tiny sails, in the barely there breeze”; "a potpourri of sensations, like contrasting scents"; "a tangle of grape vines".

Charity Edmondson is a twenty year old "old maid" who lives with her uncle and aunt and her cousin Emma. Aunt Mary is harping about Charity getting married to Rob Buchanan soon. Charity escapes and goes to gather nuts. While she is gone, Shawnee Indians attack the home. Emma is taken captive,, even though she is far along in her pregnancy. Aunt Mary escapes and the men are killed. Charity is also captured. Her captor is Wicomechee, who speaks English. Colin Dickenson is an Englishman, living with the Shawnee, who is a falsely accused fugitive from England. He and Emma had met at some time in the past and fallen in love, but her parents had her marry another man. Rob Buchanan is also taken captive.

Much of the story takes place while the Indians and their captives are going back to the Indian home. They face many hardships and conflicts along the way. Rob, Charity's suitor tries to convince her to escape with him. Chaka, one of the Shawnee warriors is infatuated with Charity and constantly tries to get her alone, to 'have his way' with her. The chief, Chaka's father tells her to choose one of the men as husband. Charity has an encounter with a bear, Mechee, as she calls him, rescues her.

There is conflict between the couple concerning their religions; her's Christian and his Shawnee beliefs.

During a militia attack, Emma's baby is coming and Charity won't leave her cousin. Mechee leaves but sends Waupee/Colin back to help the women. The militia captain is Rob's father. Paxton, one of the militia wants to take Colin captive for the reward being offered. He also tries to take Charity. The Shawnee attack and Charity is saved again.

The trip back to the Indian village is crammed full of action like the time when she is captured by some fur traders; and either romantic talk or quarreling between Charity and Mechee.

There are many mystical episodes intermingled with the events. Charity probably has psychic powers, because sometimes she dreams of happenings to come or hears her dead brother, Craig, calling her to follow him. Mechee's father predicts what will happen several times.

The ending is a real surprise, but I will let you have the pleasure of reading it for yourself.

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Charity Edmonson does not want to marry Rob Buchanan and threatens to run away, live in the woods and eat berries and nuts. Shawnee warrior Wicomechee hears her and captures the red-headed girl. Both George III's Red Coats and prejudice and jealousy threaten and endanger Chairty and Wicomechee's love. Charity is attacked and forcefully taken by English militia and others more than once and is then rescued by Wicomechee and other warriors. Possessed with the sight, Charity has visions of what is to be and is convinced the English militia will kill Wicomechee. It isn't until they are at the Shawnee village that they learn from Wicomechee's grandfather what the treasure is that Wicomechee is to receive. Nor do they know if their love will survive the many trials and dangers they face.

I liked this book so much. The author has done a magnificent job of creating both characters and setting. The descriptions of the area are wonderful and put the reader right in there with the characters. Wicomechee is a wonderful, loving and patient hero, one the reader will easily falls in love with. Charity is a spirited young woman who fights against her love for the Shawnee warrior, not willing to accept what could be her alienation from her own people, the English. Her willful spirit is depicted by her bouts of fleeing from Wicomechee and her fearlessness in standing up to him. The author gradually reveals hints of what will happen via the visions Charity experiences. The love between Charity and Wicomechee gradually grows to where Charity can no longer deny it and she becomes totally loyal to Wicomechee. The love scenes are sensuous and tasteful. Their love and lives are greatly tested at the end, and accompanied by a wonderful surprise.

I will most certainly read other books by this author.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Jaye Leyel
October 12, 2011

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